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% of the people and say to the president that's it, no more, come back on the debt ceiling. the "new york times" wrote about that as a fallback position. could you support that? >> well, first of all, i don't want to feed into the doomsday stuff. i'm confident there are enough people, the majority of people in the town that understand what we are playing with here, playing chicken with is the most important country in the world, and, you know, with are on the verge of doing significant, and, perhaps, lasting damage to the enormous and extraordinary country we inherited. nobody wants that to be a part of the public service legacy. that being said, before we talk about fiscal cliffs, remember, we are here because of the last fiscal cliff. since we had another fiscal cliff type scenario with the debt limit that credited the scenario that led to this, and this idea i voted against that, put bad things to happen at one time because that will force washington to do something. well, surprise, it didn't work. here we are, again, facing this. we have two issues to face. number one is in the immediate te
worse. senator schumer of new york joined the debate arguing may 10th, 2005 saying, quote q the the basic makeup of the senate is at state, what americans prize are at stake. the idea of bipartisanship, where you have to come together, and not just ram everything through because you have a narrow majority is at stake. the very things we treasure and love about this grand republic are at stake. senator durbin argued, quote, those who would attack and destroy the institution of the filibuster are attacking the force within the senate that creates imroms and bipartisanship. there's an event in 2005, april 20, 2005, at the center for american process called "going nuclear: the threat to the system of the checks and balances," with a speak by robert byrd of west virginia citing the long history of the filibuster that proceeded our republic saying, quote, in my 53 years in congress, i've never seen a matter that came before the congress, before the senate, or the house as a matter of fact that is so dangerous, so out of the mainstream, so radical as this one, obstructive tactics i
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